Sjoerd Buisman


Sjoerd Buisman (1948, Gorinchem) is a Dutch sculptor, who makes sculptures of plants and trees. The plants and trees are the raw material with which he works. Sjoerd does not like imitation. Copying what already exists he finds unnecessary. Rather, he is concerned with understanding what already exists, to become inspired. So for example he let hang upside down Sanseveria , to find out how the plant itself would react.
On the picture on the right is the result.

(Sansevieria (Sansevieria  trifasciata) 1976-1977  (na 1 jaar op zijn kop))

The sculptures in which he manipulates the growth habit of certain fruits, plants and trees, he calls ' growth-works '. In Haarlem he planted along the way in the Haarlemmerhout two Linden arches, in the courtyard of Teylers museum he grew a tree ' on legs ', by grafting five sprouts at the bottom in the root.
Growth-works mark the beginning of Buismans oeuvre. The first experiments took place in 1968.


viscum divi divi 2014 150In his later sculptures he works not only with the nature, but also after and to nature. That is, he is going to analyse and use the growth form and even complements it with an other material, to make a non-figurative images language.
VISCUM Divi-Divi (2014) is an example of that.

Fascinated by the growth-habit Buisman discovered a guiding principle in nature: the growth-habit that is spiralling.
Clearly seen in plants whose leaves grow in a spiral around the stem.
This principle he works out in his still-expanding Buisman ' phyllotaxis ' series.

Between the Phyllotaxis and the Viscum series are still other groups in the oeuvre: ‘Cubic work’, ‘Heracleum and Babel’, ‘Fractal work’, ‘Senecio and Ouroboros‘.
Sjoerd Buisman calls them ' families '.
Those families we are going to investigate further here, in the next time.

rmadronaspiral 150Reclining Madrona Spiral (1984)
Systematically built spiral construction, made of reddish branches (Madronahout: Arbutis menzi).
The spiral begins in an Octagon (8 corners per rotation) and ends in a hexagon (6 corners per rotation)
Dimensions: 97.5 x 138 cm
Collection: Instituut Collectie Nederland

    The origin and goal of Sjoerd Buisman's work is to let nature appear in the artistic medium.
    When works of art achieve what Hegel describes as the "visual appearance of the idea", then they perform a task that our reason alone cannot accomplish. The medium of cognition is much more the perceptive element of contemplation. Contemplative cognizance is concrete and continually focussed on totality. For the creative process this means that the elements of that which is found in nature are connected in a new, spiritual way with the synthesis of the creative act.
    Sjoerd Buisman's sculptural work is committed to this idea. His art does not accept the mere outward appearance of nature but gives insight into nature's laws.

(Barbara Wörwag in Sjoerd Buisman 1967-1992, p. 131)